It is big news for the community of Broken Bow, as well as shoppers from the surrounding area, as later this month two grocery stores will again be serving customers in this central Nebraska area.
The sale of Bow Food Pride became official Friday, Oct. 1, when the Schmick family of McCook closed the deal on the local store.
Robert (Bob) Schmick has been in the grocery business for 40 years, and through the years four sons have joined him in that business. Oldest son, Jason, has been involved in the grocery business for 18 years now, Tyler, 14 years, Cody, 10 years, and youngest son, Adam, 8 years.
Tyler explains that the brothers wanted to go into business together, so when the grocery store in McCook became available in 2005, the boys bought it. At the time, only Jason and his family were currently living in McCook. That meant relocation for everyone else.
Parents, Bob and Debbie, moved to McCook from Grand Island following the purchase of the store. Tyler and his wife, Brandi, moved back to Nebraska from Washington, D.C., while Cody and Adam both relocated to McCook from Kearney.
When the Broken Bow grocery store became available, the brothers saw the opportunity to branch out.
“We felt like the Broken Bow store was a good opportunity for our family to expand,” says Tyler. “We also loved the community.”
Tyler also explains there are family ties to the area, as Debbie’s great-grandparents, Fred and Dora Twombly, farmed east of Broken Bow in the late 1940s and early 50s.
Since signing the closing papers on the store, now Schmick’s Market, the family has been working hard to get the store up and running again. Trucks carrying loads of merchandise began arriving Tuesday morning as the store once again started to be stocked with groceries.
Tyler says Schmick’s Market will be open seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The market will also be offering a full deli, and fresh baked breads and rolls daily.
Bob has been a meat cutter for 40 years, and will be overseeing the meat department which will feature Nebraska beef.
Schmick’s Market will be an Our Family brand store, which Tyler says “is a premier store brand with excellent quality products.”
The logistics of running the store are still being ironed out in the family - as there are many family members to consider. Jason and his wife, Andrea, have two children; Makayla, 11, and Ethan, 9. Tyler and Brandi also have two children; Jude, 3, and Clara, 4 months, while Cody and wife Christin have a 3-month-old named Olivia.
The family is hoping to have Schmick’s Market open for business Oct. 15. A grand opening is also planned for the future.